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On the Freedom That Comes From God

Here is the translation of Pope Francis’ address before and after the recitation of the Angelus today in St. Peter’s Square.

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Dear brothers and sisters, hello!

This Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 9:51-62) contains a very important passage about the life of Christ. It is the moment in which, as St. Luke writes, “Jesus resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem” (9:51). Jerusalem is the final goal, where Jesus, at his last Passover, must die and rise again, and in this way carry out his mission of salvation.

From that moment, after that resolute decision, Jesus aims right at the target, and he clearly sets out the conditions to those whom he meets and ask to follow him:…



                Congratulations for those who are receiving the sacrament of Confirmation this weekend. Confirmation is not just another graduation. It is an invitation to live the Catholic life to actually practice the faith and believe what our faith teaches. By today’s standards, most of the faithful do not know much about what the Church teaches. Do you? There is so much to learn. Unfortunately, there are many people with opinions out there that are trying to get your attention to pull you away from your faith. The irony of it all is that many Catholics go to those sources to learn more about the faith and avoid reading up on the church documents themselves or listen to a credible source.

                After confirmation is when we really get challenged in our faith. John Cougar Mellencamp sang, “if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything”…. Continue reading

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New Priests Urged To Embrace Mystery and ‘Grab an Oar’

Bishop Malloy Ordains Two New Priests
Father Browning (top) and Father Gomez-Reza lie before the bishop and their fellow priests during their ordination. While they are prone, the choir and those present chant the litany of the saints. (Observer photo by Amanda Hudson)
Father Ryan Brent Browning kneels before Bishop David J. Malloy during his ordination at Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford, June 22. (Observer photos by Amanda Hudson)
By Amanda Hudson, News editor

June 27, 2013

ROCKFORD—Bishop David J. Malloy used a story from the Gospels to instruct two men — Ryan Brent Browning and Manuel Gerardo Gomez-Reza — as they were about to be ordained to the priesthood during the ordination Mass on June 22 at the Cathedral of St. Peter.

The Apostles — “the first priests,” Bishop Malloy said, were invited to accompany Jesus in the boat after he had driven a legion of demons out of a man. The freed man asked to join them, but Jesus instead sent him home to his family.

“The point is, the presence of Ryan and Manny here before the bishop, waiting for their entrance into the priestly fraternity, is a moment of great joy …,” Bishop Malloy said. “But it is also a moment of mystery. Each of us as a priest must ask himself, ‘Why am I here? Why was I called?’

“The question is humbling. Ryan, Manny, be of strong hearts and good cheer. You are here because Jesus called you … The question today is how you will live your priesthood … And the answer seems to be this: Now that you are in the boat, grab an oar.”

The bishop reminded the men that “It’s not about you! It’s about him — Jesus. …

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Pope: A True Christian Is a Person of Joy

Pope Francis reflected on the difference between a Christian “of words” and a Christian “of actions” during his homily this morning at Mass in the chapel of Domus Sanctae Marthae.

There are people who “masquerade as Christians,” and sin by being excessively superficial or overly rigid, forgetting that a true Christian is a person of joy who rests their faith on the rock of Christ. Some think they can be Christian without Christ…

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Pope Calls on Faithful To Be ‘Living Stones’ of the Church

Continuing his catechesis on the Creed, Pope Francis spoke on the Church as the temple of the Holy Spirit during his weekly General Audience held in St. Peter’s Square today.

The image of the temple, he said, conjured images of the great Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem which enshrined the Ark of the Covenant.

“Within the Temple was the Ark of the Covenant, a sign of God’s presence among the people, and inside the Ark were …

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Bishop David J. Malloy Responds to Supreme Court Decision On the Defense of Marriage Act

 ROCKFORD, IL—Bishop David J. Malloy, Bishop of the 11 county Catholic Diocese of Rockford, issued the following statement today after the United States Supreme Court released its decision on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor, which challenged the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, is a tremendous misstep for the direction of our country.

“Our faith and the very truth of our creation by God, tells us that the nature of marriage is based in the complementarity of men and women … Continue reading